This decision was justified by arguing the need for the terminations of the mandates of the executive and legislative branches to coincide at the end of July 2024.
The bill was introduced by the Constitutional Commission President Hernando Guerra, a far-right lawmaker linked to the party controlled by former presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori.
The decision to advance the elections, however, must still be ratified by the next ordinary legislature, which begins on March 1, 2023.
Hundreds of demonstrators protested against new Peruvian President Dina Boluarte.
Peru's Congress on Tuesday voted to move up general elections from 2026 to 2024 in a bid to ease tensions and head off deadly protests sparked by the ouster and arrest of president Pedro Castillo. pic.twitter.com/jSfirmkcrd
By making such a decision, the Peruvian lawmakers left aside the proposal of President Dina Boluarte, who stated that general elections should be held in December 2023, a possibility that the electoral authorities ratified as technically feasible.
To justify the postponement of the elections until 2024, the right-wing lawmakers also argued that the lapse would allow time to carry out reforms to the electoral system and the political party system.
During the debate, leftist legislators demanded that the call for a constituent assembly be ratified. This proposal, however, was rejected by the conservative caucuses arguing that they want to provide "tranquility to the country."
#Peru | Social organizations, trade unions, and indigenous movements called for a national strike in several regions in rejection of Dina Boluarte's government and in support of former president Pedro Castillo. pic.twitter.com/Ih1PG3QyTl